Shoryuken (昇龍拳, lit. "Rising Dragon Fist") is Ryu's Up Special Move. Ryu performs an uppercut while launching himself upward. The height of the move is dependent on how long the button is held, going to its full height when the button is held down for the duration of the attack.

In a similar fashion, Ken's Up Special Move, Heavy Shoryuken (強昇龍拳, lit. "Strong Rising Dragon Fist"), works the same way except hits opponents multiple times and is a Flame Attack.


Doing the inputs of the original Street Fighter series (forward, down, down-forward) before pressing A or B will make him invincible for the rest of the move (notably, in a similar fashion to Dan Hibiki's Koryuken, a similar move which has a one-in-eight chance of invincibility in the Street Fighter games). While Ken’s case only have utilizes Heavy version of Shoryuken, which cause multiple flaming hits.

With the input command, Shoryuken deals higher knockback, enough to KO mid-weights like Mario at 87%.


Shoryuken has been one of Ryu's most signature special moves in the Street Fighter series, used by almost all Ansatsuken practitioners and imitators. It has also been used by Ryu's friend and rival Ken Masters, as well as Akuma (who uses a stronger, lethal variant called "Gou Shoryuken") and Gouken (who does not actually have the normal Shoryuken as a special move but uses its Shin variant as an Ultra and has a version called "Kinjite Shoryuken" as his Super Combo.) Ryu's fan Sakura Kasugano uses an alternate version called "Shououken" in which she runs at the opponent before performing the jumping uppercut, with her opening run causing damage. Dan Hibiki possesses a variant called "Koryuken" which, while indistinguishable from a Shoryuken (Or indeed, a "Koho" uppercut from various SNK fighting games), has a one in eight chance of causing Dan to flash white, making him invincible for a brief moment. Sean Matsuda uses a double fisted variant called "Dragon Smash" in Street Fighter III: Third Strike (originally in previous versions, Sean performed a standard Shoryuken but punched his opponent to the ground afterward.) Street Fighter IV endboss Seth also uses a Shoryuken and can perform it three times in a row. in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Deadpool uses this move as his "launcher" move.

From Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers onward, Ken's Shoryuken typically has his fist wrapped in flames, doing multiple hits, while Ryu's only did one strong hit. Ken usually uses a super combo variant of the move called "Shoryu Reppa" which is usually two or three Shoryukens in a row, as well as another, more powerful version called "Shinryuken." Because the Heavy Punch version of Ken's Shoryuken has his first wrapped in fire, Ken's version of the move in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is called "Heavy Shoryuken."

Ryu's Special Moves
SSBWU/3DS Ultimate
Standard Special Hadoken
Side Special Tatsumaki Senpukyaku
Up Special Shoryuken
Down Special Focus Attack
Final Smash Shin Shoryuken / Shinku Hadoken

Ken's Special Moves
Standard Special Hadoken
Side Special Tatsumaki Senpukyaku
Up Special Heavy Shoryuken
Down Special Focus Attack
Final Smash Shinryuken/Shippu Jinraikyaku


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